As much as we love kayaking, spring is in the air in Sarasota. And guess what that means? Spring Training is back in town! Now’s a great time to get up close and personal with your favorite players and catch a training practice or even a game while some of your favorite teams are here!

Spring Training

Here’s where you can catch all the action around the greater Sarasota area:

The Baltimore Orioles train right here in Sarasota. Their first home game is on Saturday, February 23rd and they host the Minnesota Twins. They play at Ed Smith Stadium. Here’s a complete list of their 2019 Spring Training Schedule.

The Pittsburgh Pirates play right next door in Bradenton, and Garth Brooks is even in town this week, as an added bonus! Their 2019 Spring Training schedule begins with their home opener at Lecom Park against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24th. Here is their complete Spring Training Schedule.

The Tampa Bay Rays play in Port Charlotte which is a bit south of Sarasota. Their games are played at the Charlotte Sports Park. Their home opener is on Friday, February 22nd against the Philadelphia Phillies and is the kick off game for Spring Training! See their complete schedule here!

If you’re open to a bit of a drive, catch the New York Yankees in action in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field.  Their home opener is Monday, February 25th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their Spring Training Schedule is here.

And if you’re really up for a drive, catch the current World Series Champions Red Sox at their Spring Training Facility located in Fort Myers at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. They open their Spring Training Schedule hosting the New York Yankees on Saturday, February 22nd!  Their complete Spring Training Schedule is here.

It’s time to play ball!

There’s no better feeling than teaching someone something new. Kayaking itself is something special, but giving someone the encouragement, whether older or younger, to kayak for the first time is so exciting! You’re never too old to try something new, don’t forget that.

Try Something New Like Kayaking

Kayaking is a special sport or activity. Maybe it’s the peacefulness of it all. Is it looking out at the beautiful blue water? Is it the smell of the crisp clean ocean air? Or maybe it’s the excitement of what’s to come. It’s an adventure, and for many it’s a new adventure! There’s anticipation of where you’ll go, what you’ll see. Being out on the water brings a whole new perspective, peace, wonder, bewilderment.

There’s so much to learn about on our kayak tours. Sarasota is home to so many different types of wildlife.  We see many bottle nosed dolphins while we’re out. They love to call our area home. We also see manatees. This area is perfect for them due to the shallow grassy waters. There’s plenty for them to feed on. We see sea stars and jellies. There are many different types of fish and we also see turtles. There are so many birds between eagles and hawks, egrets and pelicans, herons and osprey, you have to keep your eyes open, there’s always something to see!

When we dip into the exotic mangrove tunnel, it’s a whole other adventure. It’s quiet but for the sounds of the crabs on the mangroves, and our paddles hitting the water of course. It’s shady and cool in there too.

The Sarasota Kayak Tour is perfect for all ages and no experience is required. We love what we do and it shows in our fantastic tours by our expert guides. Your kayak tour will get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, exotic birds, and other wildlife. Bring your camera and your friends! Don’t wait, book your tour today!

One of Sarasota’s best kept secrets is Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key. It’s located on the southern tip of Lido Key, and the park provides many unique opportunities for nature lovers to explore both on land and by kayak. And if you’re looking to see dolphins and manatees, look no further, you’ve found your perfect spot!

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Sometimes, some of the best places to see manatees aren’t very publicized. That’s the case with Lido Key. Locals and tourists alike have discovered that this area is well liked by manatees due to its shallow grassy waters. If you’re out on a kayak tour, you can usually spot them. And these manatees definitely have no qualms about swimming right up to your kayak, they’re so used to seeing them at this quiet location.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key is perfect for kayakers looking for adventure. Not only does it have the exotic mangrove tunnels offering a few different paths to explore. But it also has many picturesque views and of course many different types of native wildlife, both aquatic and airborne.

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Ted Sperling Park isn’t only home to manatees, but also native dolphins. They are often seen frolicking about, and they too aren’t shy. Many times they seem to be putting on a show for us or will follow our kayaks around for a bit. They’re so much fun to watch playing around in the water!

When you take a kayak tour with our experienced native guides, they can help to point out both dolphins and manatees, and take you to the spots you’re most likely to see them. While we can’t control nature, we usually do see them on our tours. It’s best to keep your eyes peeled and not miss anything. Our tours will definitely provide a memory to last a lifetime!

When you take a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters along Sarasota’s Lido Key, you’re taking a little kayak in paradise. Sarasota is world famous for its Siesta Key Beach, but along the Gulf of Mexico is this hidden treasure called Lido Key, a beautiful little estuary in Sarasota Bay, which is home to many different types of wildlife, and we are proud to show it all off on our kayak tours.

kayak in paradise

Sarasota Bay is located between the keys (or barrier islands) which separate the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland of Florida, making it so popular for guided kayak tours. This is mainly due to the marine life that lives here and the many mangrove islands which protect it. In the local ecosystem you can find dolphins breaching, and manatees; that not only enjoy the shallow water and canal systems, but enjoy eating the sea grass the shallow water provides.

In addition to the manatees and dolphins, there are plenty of native birds such as pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey, roseate spoonbills, hawks and bald eagles. You can often see snook, sheepshead, pufferfish, sea stars and many other fish which these birds feed upon too.

Once you head into the protective and exotic mangrove tunnels, a whole other world awaits. It’s quiet and filled with nature at the same time. The shallow waters are filled with crabs, as well as crabs crawling upon the mangrove branches; there are fish and snails in the water too. It’s a learning experience for sure. Our experienced native Floridian guides will fill you in on all there is to see and learn about. By the time you’re done, you will become well acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home!

The original Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today, and don’t forget your camera!

Kayaking is an excellent way to explore Sarasota and Lido Key. There’s so much more to Sarasota than Siesta Key and beautiful beaches! Let’s explore what to expect on your kayak adventure.

Kayak Adventure

A kayak tour is the perfect way to make your Sarasota vacation more memorable. What better way to connect with family and loved ones than with a kayak trip on the water exploring the beautiful estuary of Lido Key? Our experienced guides get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, local exotic birds as well as other native wildlife. These are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Kayaking can be just as exciting as it is relaxing. Of course it’s exciting when you come across a manatee or a dolphin. Our experienced guides will teach you all you need to know about safety and paddling. You’ll also be equipped with safe kayaks as well as clean and comfortable life vests.

Yes, just about anyone can kayak, but there are different types of strokes that make kayaking easier, especially when we go explore the exotic mangrove tunnels in Lido Key. There is the forward stroke which is most commonly used. On occasion you will need to use a kayak reverse stroke, especially if you want to go back and get a better look at something or to slow down. There is a sweep stroke, should you want to spin around.  There is also something called the kayak draw stroke, this is mostly used when you want to go sideways, or pull up alongside something like a mangrove tunnel to let someone pass, or perhaps slide next to a buddy to snap a photo!

If you want to try something new and exciting, and see a side of Sarasota you can’t typically see, schedule a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s always something to do here in Sarasota. Why not try something other than laying on one of our beautiful beaches? Get out and explore our beautiful area in a way that you can’t by any means other than kayaking. Check out these 8 reasons everyone should go kayaking.

Everyone Should Go Kayaking

  1. It’s a great way to connect with nature. Our launch location on Lido Key is nature at its finest. You can encounter so many different types of wildlife, while exploring a beautiful ecosystem.
  2. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore new places. There’s no other way to explore the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key than by kayak. They’re quite the sight to see. It’s a great escape from the sun, and they’re a place many different sea creatures call home.
  3. Kayaking is the perfect way to connect with friends, family, and to meet new friends! What better place to bond than on the water! The most beautiful memories can be made on the water.
  4. Kayaking is also a wonderful way to exercise. Not only is it a cardio vascular exercise, but you’re also working just about every muscle in the body!
  5. Connecting with nature is the perfect way to release stress. Between the beautiful gulf views, the calm bay waters, the sounds of the native birds, and the paddles dipping in the water, the whole experience is serene. It’s a great escape!
  6. Kayaking can be done by just about everyone. Whether you bring young children along for the ride in a tandem kayak, or older ones out on their own, people of all ages can enjoy a kayak trip. The nice thing about kayaking is that it is easy to learn. Our expert guides teach even beginners how to kayak, and you’re outfitted with safe kayaks, as well as life jackets.
  7. Getting to a kayak is easy. If you don’t own one, you can rent one, or go on a tour. We can even drop one off to you!
  8. Bottom line, kayaking is just plain old fun! Just about everyone can do it, and it can be done alone or with a group. It’s the perfect outdoor activity!

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers tours, rentals and group tours. Book your adventure online today and save $5.00.

We all strive to be a bit healthier, whether it’s done by eating better or by adding a bit more activity to our lives. Kayaking has many hidden health benefits and is a fun and exciting way to become more active. Not only is it adding a different aspect of fitness to your life, but it is a great way to get together with family and friends, doing a low impact activity, in a gorgeous environment here in Sarasota Bay!

Kayaking Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to kayaking. First and foremost, kayaking is a great cardiovascular activity. The continuous movement raises the heart rate and increases cardiovascular health. Aerobic exercise can also increase endurance, and flexibility.  There are physical aspects too. Kayaking works muscles in many areas of the body including arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abs! It’s a total body workout! You can paddle as hard or as easy as you’re comfortable with.

Kayaking can also improve mental health! The open water is very meditative and helps to bring both positivity and clarity to your mind. What is more tranquil than floating on beautiful blue water? Whether you are out on a trip with family or friends, it’s a great way to meet new friends and find people with similar interests as you! Because kayaking is such a low impact activity, it is suitable for all levels of fitness, making it a great opportunity to meet many different types of people. When you spend time outside in nature, and combine that with exercise, you’re bound to be happier.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers both kayak tours and kayak rentals. They are both great ways to get out and enjoy the beauty that is Sarasota! Our kayak launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today online and save $5.00.

Spring Break is here! Now is the perfect time to spend some time in paradise with the Original Adventure Kayak Outfitters. And Lido Key, just off of Siesta Key is truly paradise, so gather your friends, and get together for a day of fun on the water!

paradise spring break

We offer both kayak rentals and eco kayak tours, so whether you want to venture off on your own, or have a guided tour, the choice is yours. We even deliver to you free! With either one, you only need to book in advance. And when you do, if you’re booking a tour, you save $5.00 when booking online! Plus, we NEVER charge booking fees, so it’s a win-win!

Kayaking is a great way to get away from the beach and check out one of our area’s hidden gems, the exotic mangrove tunnels. While kayaking the mangrove tunnels, you will see different types of mangroves, learn about their contribution to our unique ecosystem, and how they help to preserve the mainland. The mangroves provide a shady retreat during the leisurely little trip through them. The water is so clear you will see fish swimming beneath you, there will be tons of fiddler crabs climbing the mangroves, and perhaps you’ll even see a sea star or two.

paradise spring break manatees

Once you exit the mangroves, you have the chance to encounter so much more ocean life. On your kayak tour you could encounter dolphins playing in the bay. They are always a joy to see! We could also see some manatee’s lounging around. There are usually plenty of snook and mullet jumping about. Native birds are pretty abundant, they love fishing in the Sarasota Bay. We typically see pelicans, egrets, osprey, and even bald eagles. Of course we can’t guarantee that you will see each of these, but our expert guides will point them out for you along the way!

Valentine's DayThings to do in Sarasota (Part 3)

Many visitors feel that Sarasota is a place to get away from it all and relax. Yes, that might be true for some, but others, love our beautiful area for all it has to offer. We have nightlife; you can relax at the beach, we have shopping galore, and plenty of water sports.

After a fun filled day on the water, what else can you do some may wonder. Located in close proximity to downtown Sarasota is Siesta Key Village. The village is everything you’d expect from a beach town. It is quirky, quaint and fun. There are plenty of places to stop and get a drink, eat, and of course, plenty of shopping!

If you’re going to be in Sarasota for Valentine’s Day, you won’t want to miss their Valentine Stroll. On February 14th, EVERYONE GETS A KISS. Yup, you read that right; all you have to do is look for pink and red balloons at participating merchants. There will be live music throughout the Village, and those merchants participating will be distributing candy kisses! There’s no need to worry about parking, there will be a pedi cab as well as golf carts taking you from the Siesta Public Beach parking lot to the Village.

A little later in the month, head on down to Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road to take part in the 23rd  Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival. The festival features more than 100 crafters showing and selling their work in an outdoor gallery. If you want it, you can probably find it with everything from jewelry to artwork. You don’t want to miss this. The festival takes place on the weekend of the 25th.

 


		

Having fun doesn’t have to cost money. There are so many things to do in the Sarasota area, and since you can’t put a price on happiness, here are a few things you can do in Siesta Key that are free!

Go to the Beach!Siesta Key Beach Sarasota

Our beaches are free! There is no charge to get into the beach, or to park your car in the lot. This is
pretty amazing because Siesta Beach has some of the finest, whitest and in the world. The water is also very calm and clear which makes it perfect for swimming. Grab your sunblock, a towel, a good book and anything else you need to complete your perfect beach day. Stay through till the evening to see one of the best sunsets on the west coast!

Collect Shells

Anther fun thing to do is to collect shells. Turtle Beach on the south end of Siesta Key will have the most shells on the island. Shells can be found on all of Siesta Key’s beaches (Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach), but Turtle Beach has more due to its location, and because it’s much less crowded than Siesta Beach.

Go Diving

Also located on the southern end of Siesta Key is Point of Rocks. This is arguably the best place on the west coast of Florida for snorkeling. There are more than 100 yards of limestone ledges to explore. The calm waters make for a perfect beginner dive. Parking can be difficult, so it is best to go in early morning and get a spot at beach access No. 12. Parking spots are limited and are usually filled by mid-morning.

Stay tuned to catch our next edition of “Things to do in Sarasota”.